Rock & Roll auction sees rare Beatles poster sell

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Rock & Roll auction sees rare Beatles poster sell

15 Jun 2012, 11:54 GMT+01

A poster advertising an historic Beatles gig at the Liverpool Cavern Club sold for £27,500 at Christie’s Pop Culture: Rock & Roll Memorabilia auction in London on June 12th.

The poster, estimated to sell for less than £15,000, was hand painted and thought to be one of a kind, produced solely to advertise this one lunchtime gig. It dates from 1962, just a month after the release of the Beatles’ first single Love Me Do. Posters from this era of the band’s history are extremely rare, and this is one of the earliest.

The Cavern Club, where the band made their debut in February 1961, is somewhat synonymous with the Beatles, being the place where it all began, and where manager Brian Epstein first saw them. They played there 292 times prior to their last show there, on August 3rd, 1963.

Other items of Beatles memorabilia at the Christie’s auction included a rare collection of drawings by John Lennon, sold for £23,750, several gold presentation record awards, the top seller of which fetched £20,000, proofs from Richard Avedon’s psychedelic Beatles portraits, sold for £15,000, a single record of Love me Do/P.S. I Love You, signed by the band, sold for £12,500, another rare concert poster from the 1964 Forest Hills Music Festival, and several signed photographs and autographs.

Other music memorabilia at the auction saw collectible items relating to The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

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